Proxy Centre has been granted the status of official partner of the European Wrestling Championships (Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Women’s Wrestling) on 30 April – 6 May in Kaspiysk (Republic of Dagestan, Russia).
The championship will be one of the three biggest international wrestling championships ever held in Russia, along with the 2010 World Championship and the 2006 European Championship.
The championship will be held at the Ali Aliyev Palace of Sports with a capacity of 5,500; the palace is named after Ali Aliyev, five-times world wrestling champion. 35 countries applied to take part in the championship: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Sweden and Turkey.
Vladimir Vasiliev, Acting Head of the Republic of Dagestan, chaired the organizing committee. The Ali Aliyev Palace of Sports and Caspiy Resort were renovated during the preparations for the Championship; approach roads to the tournament facilities were repaired; additional equipment was installed to ensure reliable mobile phone and Internet connection; additional flights from Moscow and Istanbul were scheduled; a tour to Derbent was developed specifically for the participants and guests of the tournament. 300 volunteers will be working at the championship, more than at the World Championship in Paris.
Abdulrashid Sadulaev (freestyle), Roman Vlasov (Greco-Roman), and Ekaterina Bukina, 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, are Russia’s national team captains. Freestyle wrestlers from Dagestan are number one in seven out of ten weight categories on the Russian team. The Russian team’s application also lists athletes from the Moscow Region, South Ossetia-Alania, Moscow, Mordovia, Buryatia, Novosibirsk Region, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Kaliningrad Region, Ingushetia, Khakassia, Rostov Region, Kemerovo Region, St Petersburg and Tatarstan.
As part of the promotional campaign for the European Championship, Alexander Karelin (Greco-Roman), three-times Olympic champion, Hero of Russia, held two master classes for Dagestan boys and a Welcome to the Republic of Dagestan flashmob was rolled out on social media.